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Newsletter of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT) of NCSR Demokritos
Issue 5  |  September 2012Past issues


Here we are again. I am pleased to inform you about the Institute's activities during the last four months. The Researchers of IIT participated actively in many conferences, workshops and summer schools. This period was also successful as new FP7 projects have been selected for funding by the European Commission.

In this issue, find a useful guide with proposed topics for MSc/BSc theses and internships, from the division of Intelligent Information Systems. Find also the current calls for PhD candidate scholarships.

Costas Spyropoulos, IIT Director


Third Pascal Challenge on Large Scale Hierarchical Text classification (LSHTC3)
We are pleased to announce the 3rd edition of the Pascal Large Scale Hierarchical Text Classification (LSHTC) and ECML/PKDD 2012 Discovery Challenge. The LSHTC Challenge is a hierarchical text classification competition, using large datasets. This year's challenge focuses on interesting learning problems like multi-task and refinement learning.
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27-31 August: substantial IIT representation at ECAI-2012
IIT had a substantial representation at ECAI-2012, the biennial European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, with presentations by T. Varvadoukas, I. Vetsikas, A. Artikis and C.D.Spyropoulos.
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24-26 July: the ELECTRA system successfully tested
The Enhanced Location Estimation and Centralized TRAcking (ELECTRA) system was tested in the site of the DITSEF ("Digital & Innovative Technologies for Security & Efficiency of First responder operations") final demonstration in Montana, Bulgaria.
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21 June: DITSEF - Workshop 4 in Athens, Greece
DITSEF 4th Workshop took place in KEMEA's premises (4 Kanellopoulou Av., Ministry of Citizen Protection, Athens, Greece), in Athens, Greece, on June 21st 2012. The organisation was undertaken by KEMEA.
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Public R&D dissemination

15 July: OptiTrans Web Version for London
In the context of expansion of OptiTrans in european cities, OptiTrans Web Version for London was launched on July 15th, and was available to the increased number of passengers due to the London 2012 Olympic Games (27/07/2012 – 12/08/2012).
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Books, Journal articles, Conference papers

List of IIT FP7 projects (in pdf)


30 July-01 August: MNL co-organized TEMU 2012
Media Networks Laboratory (MNL), in association with TEI of Crete, co-organized the International Conference on Telecommunications and Multimedia (TEMU2012), held in Heraklion, Crete from 30.7.2012 to 1.8.2012. TEMU2012 was organized under the Technical Co-Sponsorship of IEEE Communications Society.
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23 July: workshop on interdisciplinary collaborations of IIT with other Institutes of NCSR "D"
IIT organized a workshop to promote collaboration with other Institutes of NCSR "D" in the areas of materials science, complex systems, security and risk management systems, bio-informatics.
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06-08 June: 5th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
The PETRA Conference brings together different types of technology to address an important social and healthcare issue: as the world's population ages, there is growing interest in solutions for the in- home care of the elderly as well as for the care of people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other disabilities or traumas. PETRA was organized this year in Crete island and was supported by NCSR.
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  • 14 June: our Institute hosted the Annual Meeting of the Advisory Board of the Greek Awareness Centre Saferinternet.gr. The overall theme of the meeting was the following: "Rights and obligations within the online world". Press release (pdf - in Greek).
  • 30 May: a Tutorial on 'Complex Event Processing' presented by IIT researchers during the 7th Hellenic Conference on Artificial Intelligence SETN 2012. Visit the related conference webpage.
  • 21 May: LREC 2012 Tutorial, "Bootstrapping ontology evolution". The tutorial provided a detailed introduction to the research area of ontology evolution. Read more.


Applications for PhD theses with the University of Loughborough
IIT calls for expression of interest for scholarships granted in collaboration with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering University of Loughborough (UK). Applications will be accepted until Monday, 22 October.
Lecture series at IIT
The IIT Seminar series gives the opportunity to postgraduate students, to new or existing members of the Institute's labs, to internal and external (invited) speakers to present their work and establish collaborations. List of upcoming and past seminars.
16-27 July: Summer School in Zakynthos island
The Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of NCSR Demokritos, co-organized the Summer School "Integrated Envirinmental Design in Island Environment" in Zakynthos island, between 16-27 July 2012.
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09-20 July: Summer School 2012 at NCSR "Demokritos"
The Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications participated in the Summer School of NCSR 'D' from 16 to 19 July 2012. Distinguished Scientists from Greek and foreign Research Institutes and Universities gave a number of lectures related to Information Technologies and Telecommunications.
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28 May-30 June: CSE/BIO Study Abroad Programme successfully completed
The 2012 program involved students from the Biology and the Computer Science & Engineering Departments of UTA. The students spent their first week (May 28 - 30) in Athens at IIT/NCSR Demokritos premises attending lectures from IIT researchers on databases, data collection, data storage, data modeling and data mining, in relation to the use cases in which they were subsequently involved during their staying at Samos.
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  • IIT calls for expression of interest for 3 research associates, with possibility for PhD, in the context of the project MAGELLAN. Applications will be accepted until Monday, 08 October. Read more.
  • 27 June: congratulations to Vassiliki Rentoumi for completing her PhD thesis titled "Sentiment Analysis of Metaphorical Language". Read more.
  • 19 June: IIT organised and hosted a seminar for PhD candidates. Along with the brief presentations given by each PhD candidate, post-doc researchers of IIT also gave presentations on specific topics. Read more.
  • Internships completed by: Doutsi Efrosini, Galanopoulou Anastasia-Maria, Gkaberlo Naim, Glenis Apostolos, Mpaltas Georgios, Sapountzi Eleni, Voulimeneas Alexios, Zolotas Athanasios. Read more.


  • Between May and August 2012, IIT participated at numerous scientific events. See the complete list of conferences, workshops and events where IIT participated.
  • 19-26 August: Dr. Stelios C. A. Thomopoulos, Director of Integrated System Laboratory, visited the University of South California in order to promote collaboration of both sides in terms of educational and research issues.
  • 17-31 July: Ms. Betty Evangelinou and Ms. Dafni Polyzou, both members of Integrated Systems Laboratory, participated to Omni(progra)chromatic, the International Workshop of Advanced Architect Design (Autodesk Maya Training) organized by X|A, in the context of obtaining expertise in Design issues. Read more.
  • 28 June: David S. Bree, Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the School of Computer Science in Manchester University, gave the lecture "Complex Systems approach to the social sciences". Read more.
  • Texas Instruments (TI) supports WiCom's Digital Signal Processing activities.

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